What is arthritis?
Broadly, arthritis can be divided into two types – degenerative and inflammatory.
Degenerative or Osteoarthritis is the commonest form, sometimes called ‘wear and tear’, and is usually localised to a specific site such as the hips, knees or spine. Pain, stiffness and restricted mobility may often be eased and improved with our skilled practitioners’ treatment.
Inflammatory arthritis, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic disease, affecting not just individual joints, but whole areas, and commonly affects the hands and feet first. Like osteoarthritis, it produces severe pain, stiffness and often deformity. This form of the condition is less suitable for manual therapy and responds better to the correct medication.
Can We Help Your Arthritis?
Osteopathic treatment can do a great deal to reduce pain, ease swelling and improve mobility and range of joint movement. Our approach to treating arthritis is aimed at reducing inflammation by using gentle, manual techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments.
Will Pain Relieving Drugs Help?
Inflammation can be greatly reduced with the use of NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol. Although they can reduce the inflammation caused by your problem, they do not address the underlying problem. They can, in some cases, cause stomach problems, such as acid reflux and constipation. It is important not to use painkilling drugs before engaging in a physical activity. This is because, without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and further aggravate your condition. However, they are very useful in helping you get a good night’s sleep, which is a vitally important part for your recovery. If you are already taking medication prescribed by a doctor, you should always ask the advice of a Doctor or Pharmacist before self-medicating, as some pain killing drugs can affect the effectiveness of your medication, and can sometimes be dangerous.